What Everyone Can Do

We hope you enjoyed our public service announcements and we are pleased to welcome you to www.pcaky.org where you can find more information about getting involved and making a difference. Have questions? Want more information specific to your community?
Email us at pcaky@pcaky.org or call 1-800-CHILDREN. We would love to hear from you.

What can I do to support a family and help prevent Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma/ Shaken Baby Syndrome?
• Stop and see a struggling parent. Smile, offer words of encouragement or lend a hand (hold the door, help with the grocery bags).
• Offer to fix a meal ... or just bring it and leave it.
• Offer a parent a break. Take the baby for a walk, offer to watch the baby to let mom or dad take a shower or go to the grocery or have a few minutes to herself or himself.
• Offer to be a time-out resource. Let a parent know that it is ok to feel frustrated and when they do, they can call you to come and hold the baby while they take a time out.
• Tell parents about 1-800-CHILDREN and other local resources (parenting classes, mothers morning out).
• Spread the word that it is NEVER ok to shake a baby.

What can I do to support fathers?
• Encourage fathers. Tell them they are doing a great job! Point out the positive.
• Take the time to engage and include fathers as it relates to their children. Don't make assumptions about them not wanting to be involved in their children's activities and experiences.
• Give dad a break. Offer to take kids out to eat or for a walk.
• Offer to assist with seeking resources or seeking appropriate child-care resources.
• Offer to assist with transportation to and from activities.
• Make sure that you take the time to include and engage fathers!

What can I do to support families with teenagers?
• Include older child in activities at your place of worship (youth group, bible study).
• Tell parents about resources such as parenting classes.
• Offer to get the teenager involved in a sport or arts program.
• Offer homework assistance or tutoring.
• Offer to assist a family with transportation or supervision issues.
• Encourage parents to take care of themselves by engaging in activity that will help relieve stress.
• Encourage parents to remove themselves from situations that become volatile and to take a time out before confronting difficult situations. Let them know it is ok to feel frustrated and it is ok to ask for help.